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The Oregon Community Foundation’s North Coast Leadership Council announces new Education Stimulus Scholarships For Clatsop Community College

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From: Oregon Community Foundation
To: Media
Date: 03/11/09
Subject: The Oregon Community Foundation’s North Coast Leadership Council announces new Education Stimulus Scholarships For Clatsop Community College

Clatsop Community College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/11/09
OCF Contact: Melissa Durham or Joan Vallejo, 503-227-6846
CCC Contact: Sharon Boring, 503-338-2412

THE OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
CLATSOP COMMUNITY COLLEGE

For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009

OCF Contact: Melissa Durham or Joan Vallejo, 503.227.6846
CCC Contact: Sharon Boring, 503.338.2412

The Oregon Community Foundation’s North Coast Leadership Council announces new Education Stimulus Scholarships For Clatsop Community College

Astoria, OR – In the wake of growing unemployment and rising costs for college tuition, The Oregon Community Foundation’s North Coast Leadership Council has announced a $25,000 grant to Clatsop Community College for scholarships as part of OCF's Regional Action Initiative. The RAI is a statewide initiative to involve citizens in developing solutions to address regional problems.

The OCF North Coast Education Stimulus Scholarships will be administered through the community college. Applications will be announced this spring with students receiving funds in the fall. Residents from Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, or Tillamook counties will be eligible.

We are extremely grateful for this donation,” says Sharon Boring, CCC’s Director of Financial Aid. “This is going to help so many of our students who are struggling to balance school, work, and family obligations while completing their education. It is wonderful to see the benefit of the OCF Regional Action Initiative right here in Clatsop County.”

“OCF’s amazingly generous gift will be matched with a gift from the Miller Family Foundation,” says Susan Riemer, CCC Foundation President. “We are very appreciative of this support and know that it will make all the difference to our students.”

The OCF North Coast Education Stimulus Scholarships are intended to improve literacy, the focus of the North Coast Leadership Council's Regional Action Initiative (RAI). Over the past six months, the North Coast Leadership Council, consisting of volunteers representing the four-county region, has been meeting with citizens to determine local needs and identify strategies that will have a long-term impact.

The Leadership Council has adopted the Oregon Department of Education’s definition of literacy because it emphasizes the importance of building workplace skills as well as life skills. The council is investing in scholarships at Clatsop Community College to help build a literate workforce.

“We found that declining availability and increased need for access to continuing education are critical for North Coast residents. The Council feels these scholarships will provide immediate access to the valuable educational resources at their local college,” said Hal Snow, chair of the North Coast Leadership Council and OCF board member.

According to the Oregon Employment Department’s job vacancy survey of Oregon Coast businesses (May, 2008), 77% of jobs paying $15 or more required education beyond a high school diploma.

And, according to newly released enrollment data from the Oregon Community College Association, statewide, winter term enrollment is up 12.3 percent over last year and the number of students attending community colleges still appears to be growing as the academic year continues.

“An increase in available scholarships may provide much-needed opportunities for those who would otherwise be unable to improve their skills and find employment. Greater workforce education can lead to greater earning potential, more competitive local businesses, greater business profits, and, as a result, healthier communities,” said Shawna Sykes, workforce analyst for the WorkSource Oregon Employment Department and North Coast Leadership Council member.

Launched last May, OCF's Regional Action Initiative is a three-year initiative. Over 100 volunteers on eight OCF Leadership Councils around the state are listening to their communities, reviewing research and deciding how to spend $1 million in each region to address a need such as literacy, education, and healthcare. The North Coast Leadership Council is sharing $1 million with the South Coast Leadership Council. Please visit www.oregoncf.org for more information.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $55 million annually in grants and scholarships.

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Clatsop Community College Foundation Board Members Steve Ferber and Jerry Swenson, along with Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, Clatsop Community College Board Chair, accept a $25,000 grant from Oregon Community Foundation members Nancy Autio, Judy Bigby and Carol Hungerford at Clatsop Community College on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009.


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